Last season, the Miami Heat eliminated the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks from the NBA Playoffs. This season, the Milwaukee Bucks have exacted revenge in the most comprehensive way possible.
On Saturday night, the Bucks, led by the current NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, won their fourth game in their NBA Playoff Series against the Heat to confirm their place in the Conference Semifinals.
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Bucks Kick Back In Second Half
Things began well for Miami in the game as they took a four-point lead into the second quarter and then extended that to seven points by half time.
However, the Bucks dominated the third quarter, wiping out that deficit and taking the lead by six points, before adding eleven more in the final quarter to end up winning 120-103.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 29, 2021
Four Bucks players scored 20 points or more. Giannis had a triple-double with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds, while Khris Middleton had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds alongside three assists.
Brook Lopez (25 pts) and a good contribution from the bench from Bryn Forbes (22 points) rounded off an impressive team effort from the Bucks.
The win meant that the Bucks swept the series 4-0 and means they have a chance to rest and recuperate ahead of their next playoff series. That will come against either the Brooklyn Nets of Boston Celtics.
Nets Take Hold Of Series With Celtics
In truth, it looks very likely to be the eagerly anticipated clash with the Brooklyn Nets that is on the cards. After losing the third game in the series in Boston to the Celtics, the Nets bounded back last night with a 141-126 victory to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
Not even another huge performance by Jayson Tatum, who hit 40 points for the Celtics, was enough as Kevin Durant hit 42 points, Kyrie Irving 39 and James Harden 23, alongside 18 assists, to fire the Nets to victory.
With the next game back in Brooklyn on Monday night, the Nets will be hot favorites to clinch that semifinal spot against the Bucks.
The Nets run away from the Celtics in Game 4 💥
KD: 42 Pts, 14-20 FG
Kyrie: 39 Pts, 11 Reb
Harden: 23 Pts, 18 Ast
They takes a 3-1 lead back to Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/eFAaHMgjLt
— ESPN (@espn) May 31, 2021
Also in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers are now 3-0 up in their series against the Washington Wizards. A 132-103 victory putting the top seed 76ers just one win away from a spot in the semifinals.
Joel Embiid was the star man, netting 36 points in the game, while Tobias Harris contributed 20 plus 13 rebounds.
Their opponents look likely to be the Atlanta Hawks, who won both Friday and Sunday’s games against the New York Knicks to take a 3-1 series lead, leaving them just one game away from victory.
Trae Young once again shone in both games, top scoring for the Hawks in both to lead them to the brink of that semifinal matchup with the 76ers.
Things More Evenly Poised In The Western Conference Playoffs
While the semifinalists in the East look likely to go one way, the same cannot be said in the west, where things are much more evenly contested.
Three of the series are tied at 2-2, with the Mavericks and Clippers, the Lakers and Suns and Trail Blazers and Nuggets all tied up after four games.
This puts all these games essentially now into a best of three decider to see who will progress into the semifinals and in truth, the games have been so varied that picking a winner in any of these games looks tricky.
The only series which is not all-square is the Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz, which sees the Jazz leading 2-1 after three games, with their fourth match coming up tonight after the 76ers and Wizards clash.
With the Bucks the sole team confirmed for the Conference Semifinals, there’s plenty of action still to be had in the first round of the playoffs and there’s plenty of betting you can enjoy on the games with BetRivers PA.